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EarthLink provided a grant to the Robotics Teams at Mill Creek Elementary School in Madison, Alabama. This vital grant enabled the team to purchase four new LEGO EV3 robots, enabling more hands-on time for each student member to learn and develop their building and programming skills. EarthLink provided this funding as part of its H.A.L.O. initiative (Helps, Acts, Links and Outreach) supporting technology in education. "We are so grateful for EarthLink's support and generosity in providing this amazing opportunity for our robotics students," said Sharon Harris, Gifted Specialist and Robotics Team Coach, Mill Creek Elementary School. "We used the EarthLink funds to purchase four new LEGO EV3 robots. We had only been able to purchase one EV3 per team, and it's a little scary going to competition without a backup. Now we have six EV3 robots to be shared by our two teams. Not only will it be helpful for competitions, but more robots means more hands-on time for each student team member."
EarthLink regularly upcycles some of our used IT equipment by making donations to non-profit organizations. Donations can include computer workstations, laptops, printers and more. Recently, EarthLink supplied a much-needed refurbished HP color printer to the rural Alpine campus of The Futures Program, part of the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS). GNETS was established by the Georgia General Assembly in 1972 to provide educational services for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Alpine is one of 24 GNETS programs across the state, and serves the 13 local school systems as well as Forsyth County. "Thank you so much to EarthLink for the printer. It means so much for us to be able to print in our classroom for our students. It allows us to be more hands on, as our students need the one-on-one attention that we can give them," said Mae Kinder, Paraprofessional, The Futures Program.
Anniston, Alabama EarthLinkers came together to show their support for local 7-year old resident Abby Usher, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Learning of Abby's plight via social media and from EarthLinkers whose children attend school and sporting events with Abby, the news prompted us to join her friends, community, and local media by posting photos to the Team Abby Facebook page.
According to Ginger Campbell, EarthLink Provisioning Technician, "We at EarthLink wanted to show our support and join Team Abby on her crusade to beat leukemia." Employees from Anniston posed for group photos, flexing their muscles to encourage Abby to remain strong. EarthLink helped spread the word by also posting via our social media channels.
A grant request to EarthLink's H.A.L.O. program (Helps, Acts, Links and Outreach) was submitted by the Athens, Georgia YMCA, requesting laptops for its afterschool tutoring program. The IT team quickly processed and fulfilled the request with refurbished laptops from inventory, and the children are now putting them to good use.
"We could not be more delighted with EarthLink's responsiveness to our request for assistance," shared Lisa Crumley, Athens YMCA. "We serve a diverse group of more than 400 children each day after school. The Y hires qualified college-age students to provide assistance to the kids, especially for the children who need extra help that may not be provided at home. Laptops help these children complete research, projects and assignments in a timely manner. The Athens YMCA is in a position to reinforce the technology education that children receive in local schools. However, only the support of corporate partners like EarthLink enables us to meet the expectations of students, teachers, and parents."
And Paul Alston, EarthLink Executive Tech Support IT Lead shared, "We are simply grateful to be able to provide much needed tools that will be put to great use in the YMCA's Afterschool Program. We are always honored and eager to help our local community!"
On April 19, EarthLink volunteers participated in the 3rd annual Egg Hunt for Acceptance of all Abilities at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, WA. The event was sponsored by Autism Empowerment, a nonprofit empowering the lives of youth, adults and families in the autism community. Brian Tashima, an EarthLink employee and Autism Empowerment board member, helped roll out the first ceremonial egg. Click here to read the release.
On February 15, EarthLink hosted approximately 35 staff members and clients from local non-profit organizations Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Kent Regional Community Coordinated Child Care at a Grand Rapids Griffins home hockey game. EarthLink also hosted nearly 140 customers, prospective customers and employees as part of this localized effort to give back to the community in which we work and live. Click here to read the release.
On November 3rd, a team of Alabama EarthLinkers worked on a Habitat for Humanity build project partially funded by the annual EarthLink Golf Outing held on October 13th. Pictured are EarthLinkers Prateek Mohan, Regina Higginbotham, Muryle Wise, Christal Moore, Kristie Warren, Bart Jordan, and Darren Osborn. John McGuffey and Eric Heath are kneeling and Dustin Swinford is standing in the window. Chris Martin (not pictured) also volunteered during the build.
EarthLink employees and vendors hit the links at the 15th annual EarthLink Golf Outing at the Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe, Alabama on October 13th to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County, AL, and the Calhoun/Cleburne Children's Center. With 160 participants and 37 vendor sponsors this year, including ADTRAN, NEC, Syniverse, Alcatel-Lucent and Infinera, the event raised $23,000! Since its inception, the annual Golf Outing has raised more than $123,000 for Alabama charities.
"We are pleased to announce that this year's Golf Outing will provide $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County, AL, and $3,000 to the Calhoun/Cleburne Children's Center," said Kristie Warren, Chair, EarthLink Golf Outing Planning Committee. "I want to thank the many EarthLink employees and network vendors who participated."